LAUSD, UTLA Settle Six-Day Strike

The agreement will provide a 6% salary increase for educators, reduce class size, add nurses, counselors and librarians.

LOS ANGELES—On the heels of a six-day walkout by teachers, the Los Angeles Unified School District Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) on a new contract that provides a 6% salary increase for educators, reduces class sizes, adds a significant number of librarians, counselors and nurses, and maintains the fiscal solvency of the school district.

Schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23.

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UTLA members at last week’s Downtown march.

“Today marks a new chapter in public education for Los Angeles Unified,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “Public education is the ultimate labor-management collaborative and we are committed to working together to make sure every student gets a great education.”

UTLA leadership tweeted Tuesday evening, “The agreement covered many of the teachers’ demands. It reduces the size of some classes … and teachers also won hope on limitations on charter schools, which have been sapping students — and money — from regular public schools.”

Under the terms of the new contract, Los Angeles Unified agreed to:

  • Reduce class size by four students in grades 4 through 12.
  • Increase nursing services at every school.
  • Increase library services at every middle school and high school.
  • Add counselors at middle and high schools.

Los Angeles Unified and UTLA also agreed to work together through joint committees that will provide recommendations on a number of important issues:

  • Charter co-location.
  • Pay equity across adult, early education, Regional Occupational Centers/Regional Occupational Program.
  • English Learner Master plan including American Sign Language.
  • Green space in school campuses.

“Forty years of underinvestment in public education cannot be solved in just one week or with just one contract,” Beutner continued. “Now that students and all educators are heading back to the classroom, we must focus our attention to properly fund our schools for the long term.”

 

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